Making the garage a shop #10: More storage for the shop.

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 07-05-2011 04:42 AM 5258 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My last entry showed the south wall being finished, and french cleats hung up. I had to chose a direction. Either build a tool cabinet, or take advantage of some other wasted space. So I decided to fill in the gap underneath my Sjoberg’s hobby bench.

It’s been a love hate relationship with that bench. It’s light, it walks all over the place when I’m planing, and it never felt very beefy. I loved it because my wife bought it for me, knowing I didn’t have time to build a bench of my own before the need was overwhelming.

So, Here’s what I did to use the space.

Those three drawers hold all my measuring/marking tools, a chisel set, and other stuff that is small, useful, and gets lost all the time.

The carcase is 3/4-ish ply, done over with some leftover danish oil. The drawers are pine, with the face being blue stain pine, finished with some bullseye shellac.

After all this was finished I was inspired for some innovation. So, I decided to make something nobody has ever seen before.

I call it, “Bhocks.” It has 5 sides, and a cleat on the back to hide it. The joinery is the most clever bit. I call it, “Bhutt joints.” I’m thinking of patenting, or selling plans.

Seriously, it serves it’s purpose, holds the chargers for my drills, and a plethora of hand power tools. It’s amazing how much better it is when you don’t have to stumble over a jigsaw or circlular saw when trying to dig some lumber out of the pile.

Nothing impressive, but certainly some skill-building opportunites. The box shelf not withstanding.

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 07:46 PM

I bet that added weight in there adds some ballast to the bench, at least slowing down the dancing across the shop whilst you plane…

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 08:18 PM

dbhost, Oh yeah, that bench is pretty solid now. The cabinet is screwed into the legs, and it seemed to tighten it up. The weight is an added bonus for certain.

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